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First Warning Forecast: More rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow moving-in overnight

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 17, 2021

Chief Meteorologist Patrick Rockey's First Warning Forecast:
More rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow moving-in overnight...

Clouds will increase tonight, then soaking, widespread rain will begin early Thursday morning. Most of the area is under a Flash Flood Watch, because this additional rainfall on top of our already saturated soil could lead to multiple instances of flooding. Rainfall through Friday expected to be between 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.

Some accumulating snow/ice is possible closer to Central Virginia, with the biggest risk along and west of I-95 and north of Richmond. This is where Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect through Thursday afternoon. Snow/ice will be possible in these locations again on Friday morning. High temperatures will reach the mid 40s both Thursday and Friday, with strong winds.

Craving more sunshine? Thankfully, we're expecting the skies to clear and sunshine to return just in time for the weekend... but so does the cold air. Highs will struggle to hit 40 on Saturday with strong NW winds. We will reach the low 40s on Sunday with lighter winds.